Questions tagged [wood]

For questions involving wood as a construction material, either as lumber or finished features of a home.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0 votes
1 answer
34 views

Finishing for a bread bin

I have a wooden bread bin, with the bottom (floor) bit being a 3.6mm plywood. The rest of the build is solid wood, 12mm thickness. The bin was dropped at one point and the bottom of it cracked; the ...
  • 439
0 votes
1 answer
32 views

What type of contractor do I call to build a custom pool equipment enclosure that attaches to my fence?

My pool equipment is right next to the fence line and is a horrendous site. It is also quite loud. I am looking for the TYPE of specialist/contractor/company that I should be looking into to come ...
  • 193
1 vote
2 answers
44 views

How to properly protect fence post with Flex Tape?

I was following the instructions in this website to properly install a gate hinge post and I got confused on how to set up the flex tape. As part of the installation instructions, the author says: At ...
  • 149
-2 votes
0 answers
51 views

Which wood is better to use [closed]

Will two heavy duty A-frame end brackets utilizing four 12’ 4x4 legs be enough support for a 12’ 4x6 top rail? Or will a 10’ 4x6 be better?
0 votes
1 answer
31 views

Hang inside mount shutters on drywall , or add window casing

I am looking to install inside mount shutters. I have drywall around the windows, no decorative molding/casing inside. Here is a pic of how it is right now. When I order shutters from Bali I see that ...
  • 1
3 votes
3 answers
108 views

How to reinforce a notched beam but keep notch?

I had an electric garage door opener "professionally" installed. When seeing the installation, they mentioned they had to take a notch out of a supporting beam as there was not clearance for ...
  • 133
0 votes
0 answers
32 views

Swingset bulding [closed]

I am going to use 6 12’ 4x4s for legs with 2 end braces and one center brace.I am going to use 2 10’ 4x6s meeting in the middle. Will my wife and I be able to swing on it? Thanks
0 votes
0 answers
19 views

How can I remove water stains from a wooden counter top? [duplicate]

There is a portion of wood next to the sink that must not be treated properly or over time the treatment has worn down due to water damage. What is the best way to treat / deal with this? I was ...
0 votes
2 answers
45 views

Strengthen ceiling joist with external bridge?

I have 2x6 ceiling joists in my finished garage and have attached a ring hanger on a single joist. When I hang my entire body weight there is an almost imperceptible amount of sag on the joist. ...
0 votes
1 answer
17 views

Paintable wood sealer - does this exist

I have ground contact (MCA) wood which has dried for some number of weeks. I was thinking of sealing it to maximize exterior lifetime over many years and was wondering if there is a type of sealer ...
  • 484
2 votes
1 answer
103 views

where can I get a true 3/4" x 3/4" molding?

I need to replace a 1 foot and a 3 foot section of 3/4"x3/4" true sized shoe quarter round molding from a very old house. Found some claimed to be 3/4 but it was actual 3/4"x1/2". ...
  • 339
0 votes
0 answers
24 views

Stain deck joists / frame?

I had a new set of stairs / mini deck, put in with treated wood, joists are taped, all deck boards and handrails are composite material. The stairs don't get a lot of sunlight and get moldy every ...
  • 255
5 votes
6 answers
2k views

How to sand/smooth out this uneven/chipped wood?

We have 2x10 triple wood beams which are not only uneven lengths, but they have chipped wood from when a steel column was installed. My question is, how should we go about sanding/smoothing out the ...
  • 69
0 votes
1 answer
23 views

Best way to finish a wood mantle over a wood stove [closed]

I was given a pine and cedar mantle that was built and finished with "tung oil finish". Can this be used as a mantle when wall temps are above 100 degrees? Edit: the mantle was built by ...
  • 263
0 votes
4 answers
79 views

Will 5/4 decking span 26" for a dock?

I'm building a fishing dock. Using 5/4x6 for decking and 2x10 supports. Will a 5/4x6 work with a 26" span between 2x10s?
0 votes
5 answers
129 views

What kind of drill bit will go through both concrete and wood to sink concrete anchors through the sill plate?

I need to sink 8" TITEN HD concrete anchors into a foundation and through 3" of wood sill plate above the concrete. It would be nice to use one drill bit, but from my research it looks like ...
  • 795
0 votes
0 answers
42 views

Should I replace the entire deck structure?

The floorboards of my pressure-treated deck are quite old, and need to be replaced. The frame supporting it is mostly sound. Rather than replacing the entire structure, I'm considering keeping the ...
0 votes
1 answer
40 views

Can I make a 14' 4x4 used horizontally out of multiple 2x4x8?

I plan to build a pergola with some 4x4 (pic 1) and the horizontal "beam" is 14' long based on the design. The longest lumber my car can carry is 8', so I am thinking build the horizontal ...
  • 1
1 vote
1 answer
52 views

Can I break the furnace cold air return to pull hot air from a wood stove?

I've got a high efficiency natural gas furnace, and a wood stove in the same room. I get wood for free, so I'd like to use it to supplement heating with natural gas. The problem is a severe lack of ...
2 votes
1 answer
101 views

Lag bolt pilot hole diameter for softwood - unthreaded shaft splitting wood

I'm planning to screw some 3/4 inch lag bolts through a couple of 4x6 PT southern pine beams and looking up pilot hole diameters for softwood it seems like either 3/8" or 13/32" is ...
  • 484
0 votes
1 answer
55 views

What steps to consider for make my own "old cottage window" [closed]

Assume I would have a wooden frame of an old typical window and enough small parts of glass. Which steps do I need to consider in the process of making an "old cottage window" out of this? (...
0 votes
3 answers
123 views

How to measure this angle?

I have scoured the internet and forum and I’m certain I’m over thinking this, but how can I measure this angle? I’ve tried using a level and find the plum, but the board will still come out wrong. ...
  • 67
4 votes
2 answers
1k views

What is this tool called

It looks like an adze, same handle and hammer like back, but the blade is vertical.
  • 41
0 votes
2 answers
75 views

Can I use 4x4 post bases to install a 6’ fence across the top of a wood deck?

I have recently installed a fence around the outside perimeter of the deck to hide a pool. My deck covers my back yard area and is on the ground. I want to run a fence across the deck to fully enclose ...
  • 1
2 votes
0 answers
52 views

Does wood oil stop woodworm ingress?

I have a can of wood oil branded "Osmo TopOil". It makes no claim about any resistance to woodboring insects, and having used it before, I thought the coating was fairly subtle and not very ...
  • 121
1 vote
3 answers
178 views

Can my deck use 6x6s below the deck, and 4x4s on top?

My family currently purchased a new home and the rear deck (about 6ft off the ground) currently is held up using 4x4s. The joists are about 12ft tall and the deck is about 25ft wide. Unfortunately, ...
  • 13
0 votes
1 answer
47 views

Cleaning Georgian floorboards

How would you recommend cleaning Georgian floorboards to get them back to a close to original state? I was thinking of using a paint scraper for the paint and then can you recommend a polish? I think ...
  • 101
0 votes
1 answer
72 views

Will insects/rot from an untreated log in my garden spread to my house?

I have a large fresh log from a tree my neighbors cut down earlier this year in my yard. I got it to serve as a bench and grow mushrooms on, with the hope that it would eventually start decomposing ...
0 votes
0 answers
28 views

How many gloss coats on a primed and undercoated external door?

I stripped a wooden exterior door back to bare wood. It was then primed and soft-sanded. Then I applied two coats of undercoat. It's a grey colour. Since then, I've applied 5 coats of exterior Gloss - ...
  • 101
0 votes
1 answer
82 views

Got this at the sale where I got the combination plane. What is it?

This antique tool is wood. It has precise measurements marked to 3 inches, an adjustable depth gauge. Short pins that stick out along the measuring area. Is it used for masonry?
  • 55
0 votes
0 answers
107 views

How do I repair the rotted wood in the exterior of my house?

I am planning to hire a professional to repair the wood that rotted that is shown at the center of the photo below. What kind of a professional or a trade should I hire? Thanks in advance. Added on ...
  • 378
0 votes
0 answers
83 views

What kind of wood slabs did I just bring home?

I live in Minnesota. I saw these slabs just sitting out there at a local school dump a couple days ago so I brought a few home. A few of them will be good for hammerschlagen and the big ones I might ...
  • 215
0 votes
2 answers
81 views

Effective fastening methods for attaching French cleats to OSB

I have metal studs 24" O.C. covered with 7/16" OSB. I want to attach French cleats to the walls, and I can land a set of screws into a stud every 2 feet, but I'd also like to put in some ...
  • 482
1 vote
2 answers
41 views

weather resistant wood board on loggia

I have a loggia (=balcony where the sides are closed so that weather can only come from the open front). I want to put a board with short legs on the side of it (like a very low table, around 30cm ...
  • 167
1 vote
1 answer
70 views

Possible wood defect in roof space

Recently purchased house in Western Australia, 20 years old. Roofspace wood has several pieces of timber with black charred looked defects. All appears structural sound… I just want to know what the ...
  • 11
-1 votes
1 answer
87 views

Can I safely mount a 150lb punching bag to the bottom chords of the trusses in my garage?

I’d mount a 2x4 or 2x6 on the other side of the drywall perpendicular across the chords pictured and hang the punching bag to that. These chords span about 50-60 feet. (Click image to enlarge) If ...
  • 1
2 votes
2 answers
96 views

How to secure a rail butting up to the wall

I am out of ideas on how to fasten this rail butting up to the wall. I don't think that using a bracket would give it enough strength if someone were to lean on it as its span is 6 feet and so there's ...
  • 1,210
0 votes
1 answer
74 views

Patio roof posts are deforming

A few weeks ago, I replaced my rotten patio roof posts with pressure treated 4x4s. Now, they are starting to deform. One bent in a U-shape, the other one is bending like an accordion under the weight. ...
  • 203
0 votes
5 answers
135 views

How do I fix my fence pulling away from post?

My fence has been pulling away from its posts. Completely off the metal brackets that it was screwed into. So bad in places that it just sways. What is the best way to fix this? Is there a solution ...
0 votes
2 answers
61 views

Bathroom Vanity counter top storage

I just assembled a Bathroom Vanity Base Cabinet (36 x 22). After assembling, I placed a separate Vanity countertop to test if its structurally sound (from a different company). It works well. I didn't ...
0 votes
1 answer
83 views

How to prepare a new treated wood deck

I saw many videos on Youtube of people renewing their decks doing a pressure washing, applying a cleaner to revive the deck and then applying the stain or sealer for old decks. My BMR treated wood is ...
0 votes
1 answer
53 views

How to cover gap in roof?

I am facing an issue regarding my roof design. there is a gap in the roof that i am worried if I just cover with wood water might go inside. Here is the final desired results: This is the gap that I ...
1 vote
0 answers
66 views

Washing machine leak has caused floor and cupboard damage, is it repairable or do I need to purchase new parts to fix?

Unfortunately my washing machine had a small leak in it and has caused some minor damage on my Amtico Spacia flooring and the wood panel that separates the unit into two spaces. The flooring is ...
0 votes
0 answers
18 views

Can I apply linseed oil paint to new, primed timber?

We've recently had some new wooden casement windows installed. They arrived having already had a coat of (what I assume is) primer applied. Here's a close-up: The windows were made and installed by a ...
1 vote
2 answers
92 views

How can I straighten out an extendable table that's starting to sag while still being able to take the middle out when needed?

We have a wooden table with a removable middle section to make the table smaller/larger. It's sagging in the middle. If I pull the legs in it straightens out. What can I do to straighten the table out ...
1 vote
1 answer
65 views

How to fix scratches on dining table

See attached picture of my dining table surface. How can I fix scratches (shown by red arrows) and make it look new again ? Do I need to stain it again ?
0 votes
1 answer
47 views

Reforming a door to a window

Back door has lead light that matches the house in the top part of door. I want to cut the bottom of the door off and still use the top part as an opening window. The window will work just like ...
4 votes
2 answers
185 views

How can I restore worn and damaged 1950s tongue and groove wood paneling?

This house was built in the 1950s. The wood is tongue and groove (thank you @Ecnerwal) and appears to be the only wall material--there is no drywall under it. I can tell because some of the knots of ...
  • 41
0 votes
0 answers
54 views

Help with table finish cracking

We have an alder table that is about 10 years old. We just noticed some cracking in the finish as you can see on the pictures. We are trying to figure out what to do to stop more from forming and what ...
  • 1
0 votes
0 answers
142 views

Built up Pressure Treated 6x6 post from 2x4s?

I'd like to use a PT 6x6x12 post to attach a shade sail to but PT 6x6x12 has been impossible to find locally for a long time. I'm thinking about building it up out of 4 PT 2x4x12s. Any reason NOT to ...
  • 162

1
2 3 4 5
33